Base Five Roulette System

The Base Five betting system is a slightly more complicated version of the progressive betting system called Base Two. Progressive betting systems can be used on pretty much any casino game that offers an even-money bet. The word progressive should give you a clue as to how the system works: it teaches you to increase your bets on wins in an attempt to capitalize on winning streaks.

The Base Five betting system is most popular in blackjack, craps, and roulette, thanks to the even-money bets available in those games. Like any system designed to increase your winnings when you have a hot streak, it also claims to help you lose less often when you hit a cold streak or a losing streak. People understand streaks: sometimes you hit five green lights in a row when you’re late for work and you feel like you hit a lucky streak. Because people experience streaks in their daily lives, they assume they exist in the casino, too. The trouble with the Base Five roulette system, like any other progressive system, is that streaks don’t exist in casino games.

Base Five Basics

The basic principle of the Base Five betting system is set up around the following number sequence: 1-2-3-5. Each number in that sequence stands for a number of units you bet, so to determine your bet range, you have to decide how much one unit is worth. This will depend on your bankroll and the table minimums at the game you choose, but for the sake of this article, let’s assume one unit is worth $10. Using $10 as a betting unit, our Base Five sequence of bets will be $10-$20-$30-$50.

The trick to the Base Five system is keeping track of where you are in the sequence, so when you first learn the system, keep a pen and paper handy to keep track of where you are in the betting sequence.

In the Base Five system, after each winning bet you move up to the next betting level. Unlike the popular Martingale System, the Base Five system has a built-in reset. Once you win four times in a row (meaning once you win a 5 unit bet in our sequence), you reset back to one unit and start over again. In the Base Five systems, losing bets mean keeping your bet at the number you’re at and continuing to bet until you win and move forward. Since the amount you wager increases with wins, this is known as a progressive betting system.

Base Five Roulette System in action

Let’s take a look at a real world example. Let’s say you place your first bet ($10) on red and the first spin results in a loss. That means you are now down by $10. Since a loss in the Base Five system means you stay at the level you’re betting, you place another $10 bet on red. Assuming you win this second bet, you’ve now broken even, and you’re on the second step of the Base Five sequence. That means your next bet will be $20. If the wheel spins another red number, you’re now up $20 and on the third rung of your betting ladder, meaning it is time to place a $30 bet. The wheel comes up with a black number, so you’ve lost, and you’re now down by $10. Since you’re still on level 3, you will again place a $30 bet. This continues until you tire of the game or you hit your winning or losing limit.

The trouble with roulette betting systems is that even-money bets on roulette are actually more likely to result in a loss, thanks to the casino’s built-in edge. Since each spin of the wheel is an independent event, the odds of it landing on black or red are the same each time, and there is no such thing as a streak, winning or losing.

The Base Five betting system may fool some people into believing in the system because it’s a little more complex than your average roulette betting system. Unfortunately for betting system believers, the logic behind the betting system is still flawed. The rules of roulette are designed to give the casino an advantage that simply can’t be overcome by changing your bet size. Since even-money bets in roulette don’t actually offer even odds, there’s no reason that controlling the amount you wager based on previous wins and losses will overcome the edge the casino has against the gambler.